Sunday, April 18, 2010

My Herb Garden and Tiny Veggie Patch!

One of the things that's been occupying much of my time lately has been my yard. After a whole winter of the dogs using the yard for a potty, plus the snowpocolypse, my yard has been a mess! We had to remove five large bushes, plant grass seed and do a general clean up. We also decided to buy a few small planter boxes, some herbs, dirt, plants, pots and potting soil.

We planted rosemary and basil...
...parsley and cilantro...
...sage and chives.
We were able to find plants for everything except the sage, then, just as we were about to give up on the sage, we saw a tiny little sprout come up a few days ago. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will all thrive. So far we have used a little of everything (except the sage). It is so easy and so nice to walk out front and grab just the herbs that you need. I got tired of spending so much money on fresh herbs, only to throw away most of them when they don't get used.

We also planted a few things in pots. We are hoping for a bumper crop of serrano, jalapeno and red bell peppers.
Then, as a total experiment, we decided to try to grow some veggies too! Here we have Roma and Beefsteak tomatoes, garlic, shallots, red, yellow and white onions, cucumbers, green bell peppers and zucchini.
I don't think most of these items are growing, but the garlic, shallots and onions are sprouting, and I'm still hopeful about the tomatoes. If it doesn't work out, I'll just try again.

We also planted a couple of my favorite flowers. We were able to find a lovely star gazer lily plant...
and I couldn't find Shasta daisies yet, but I did get the seeds and they are starting to sprout too!

It's been so nice to go outside everyday and find new things starting to grow. I love spring!!!


  1. That's very cool. :) May your garden flourish!

  2. I love spring, too! Since i'm not much of a veggie person, I am growing a lot of fruit this year: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, pineapple, bananas and mint. I plan on drinking a lot of smoothies and mojitos this summer.

    Nice post! I'm so proud of you. It's a major task growing all those things at once, but you'll learn a lot, I'm sure. Looking forward to how it looks in a few months. =)

  3. Hey Christy! I also have a veggie/fruit garden, I start most of mine indoors cause the weather doesn't warm quite as early as Balto. We are doing corn,cukes,peppers,onion,tomatos, spinach,lettuce,zucchini,chives, misc. herbs, beans, strawberries, raspberries, and apples!
    Whew....I'll be busy!

  4. If you haven't already, check out a book called Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. It really helped me plan my garden so I maximized my space. It's amazing how much you can grow in just a 4'x4' area.